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Comment Re:Facts don't agree with you (Score 1) 48

If you had bothered to read my whole post you would have seen I mentioned specifically Robot wars.

And you are not hearing what *I* was saying, which is that Robot Wars got decent (I'll admit they were not great) rating EVEN ThOUGH IT WAS BASICALLY JUST RC CARS.

That's inherently more boring than having real AI compete against each other, at much higher speeds and with the dramatically more interesting destruction that comes as a result of speed...

Besides, it's not like spectators cannot be killed!

Comment "Differing Hardware" (Score 1) 48

Robot wars used differing hardware.

Pretty much it was the same few designs. So all of the fun was watching to see which approach ended up working.

The same is true of racing AI, especially to see different approaches in passing or speed management will be interesting. The thing that would kill it is if the AI's are not aggressive enough to be interesting.

Comment Not at all (Score 1) 124

Ahhh, how I love the smell of Virtue Signalling in the morning!

I hate virtue signaling as well. This is not an example of that; it is merely to point out that if you may to recycle some of the worst items you increase the odds they will be handled correctly, if you cheap out you may end up with the thing you are trying to keep out of the environment actually end up somewhere really bad.

Comment All it does is improve the odds (Score 2) 124

Why does you paying them make them more honest?

I don't, nor did I say so. Please read my post again.

How much fuel do you burn driving there and back?

As much as I would taking the monitor to any other place that would have taken them. I try to do electronics in a batch. But honestly you are missing the point entirely by saying anything about fuel use, which is a totally different vector than recycling. I don't care how much fuel I burn for anything (except of course for the cost of it which is real).

Like most recycling, this seems to be more about "feeling good" rather than actually helping the environment.

No it's exactly unlike feeling good. I take it to a place I think offers the greatest percentage of the monitor no ending up in a river somewhere which is good for no-one.

Except for all the resources that went into building the warehouse.

Irrelevant comment; see my comment re: fuel. Resources do not matter as much as residual pollution does.

Do you know how much CO2 is generated to make concrete?

Again, not relevant since CO2 is not pollution and the argument against CO2 is a totally different one than against real pollution. Nature loves and uses CO2 (do you even know how plants live???)

Comment That's why I pay to recycle monitors (Score 1) 124

I take my old monitors (CRT and LCD alike) to a place where I pay a somewhat hefty fee to recycle (I think around $20-$40). That's the best I can do to ensure they actually will be recycled, rather than taking it somewhere that supposedly would handle them for free... I do the same for pretty much any electronic device.

I know that's no guarantee but you do the best you can. Besides, even a warehouse full of dead monitors that will basically just sit forever is still a way better scenario than having them polluting a landfill.

Comment Totally disagree (Score 1, Insightful) 48

People watch racing because there is risk of a crash with humans in the cockpit.

That is totally absurd. People love watching destruction, yes, but humans do not have to be involved for enjoyment - witness the great ratings shows like Robot Wars got, and those were glorified remote control cars. People just liked watching them violently disassemble each other...

The same will be true of e-racing. Fans will still thrill to a crash, because it will still show basically the same thing - a super expensive car disintegrating into scrap. In fact though it could be even more fun than human races since the rules could be altered such that AI cars had to drive through any wreckage present, no cleanup during the race. That would be awesome to see as AI did high speed moves to avoid scrap...

Comment This has happened before, and will happen again (Score 1) 37

uses a mobile app that allows fans to vote on the team's next play...shouts and cheers exploded from the stands, with phones raised triumphantly in the air.....The team eventually lost 78-47

Hmm, totally data driven, cheers meaningless victories that mean nothing to the end game, massive loss as a result. Why, it's the Democratic Party revisited!

Missing from the story is how after the game the losing side insisted they bought more merch from vendors, and then burned all of the cars the winning teams families came in in protest.

Comment Re:== vs =, | vs ||, variable/pointer dereference (Score 1) 59

if (a = b) {

When they meant:
if (a == b) {

Which is the one thing Visual Basic got right IMHO, use := for assignment and == for comparison. The C form is plain wrong when you consider that "=" is the equal sign, to anyone who doesn't know C-isms the first reads "If a equals b then". Same way stealing kilobyte = 1024 bytes was a bad idea, the only excuse you really hear is that we've done it so long it seems natural. Like clicking the start button to shut down the machine, except we're still doing it.

Comment Re:Why is this different from traditional classes? (Score 1) 69

I'd go one step further and be more scientific, why not use automated A/B testing? Like you make a new revision of a lecture, half the class gets the new one and half the class the old one. Then you run some form of quiz on the material. If you have at least a few hundred students or ideally a few thousand you should pretty quick get statistically significant answers. And you could test with short/medium/long explanations to see whether you're beating down open doors or areas they'd benefit from more detail and examples. In the interest of fairness you should of course make all variations available after they've had the quiz, perhaps also with stats to see what quiz questions their path may not have covered as well as the others.

Perhaps that could even develop into a preference system, everything from "I want to learn the essentials for a passing grade quickly" to "I have learning difficulties, give it to me slow and in detail" to "I want to ace this class, give me in-depth insight". Or some form of branched interactive learning, if you grasp 80% quickly you don't need that in more detail but the 20% you struggle with have a more detailed explanation. I think I'd love a system where my hand was on the throttle, it's going as fast as I want it to go not as fast as the professor thinks it should go for some average or "no child left behind" student. Personally I tend to prefer to read the book simply because there's too much time spend on things I already understand.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 2) 129

First off, that whole 15 minutes thing is absolute bullshit. Maybe its a worst case if you were in truly deep thought over one of the hardest problems of the year. But most of the time you aren't, and it will be a few minutes Like around 1.

YMMV but whenever I'm stuck with half an hour from coming to work to a meeting or between a meeting and the lunch break or whatever I feel that time is exceptionally unproductive. Whether it's making a change or implementing something new or tracking down a bug I usually need some time to work out what it really does, what it should do and how I can do it with good code that's easy to maintain. Most botched jobs happen if I rush that, I can work quick and dirty but it builds technical debt. That I'd be three times as productive if I had an hour (15 vs 45 minutes effective time) doesn't sound too far off to me. I try to have a few "just do it" tasks ready for that, but typically they're not supposed to be my top priority. So if I had a PHB who wants me to work on that task and no other task until I'm done productivity and quality would suffer.

Secondly- your productivity doesn't matter. The team's does. Those interruptions- it means a team member needs help. They're blocked. Their productivity is at or near 0 until unblocked. If interrupting you costs 15 minutes from you but saves an hour for him, that interruption is worth it for the team. There are almost 0 of those interruptions that aren't a net gain.

Depends on how many of these interruptions are from your team and about work, not to mention if they've actually checked and read the documentation or is just asking because bugging you is easier than making the effort themselves. That said, answering simple questions or checking Bob's calendar to see if he's in a meeting doesn't break the flow for me, that I can push/pop off the mental stack. If I need to take 5-10 minutes to check/discuss/explain/investigate/show something though I've decided I'm already distracted so time to check my inbox and answer what I can now before they're at my doorstep. Sadly we're not big enough to have a support staff to shield us from the solutions we've developed so it's DevOps and most the users are one or two floors down.

Comment Really bad odds (Score 1) 404

The attempt to harm government equipment is stupid on many levels, but right out of the gate it's stupid because the odds are extremely low of your phone even being looked at. I've never had the border agents even ask to see my computer, much less my phone. The odds are very slim they ever will so you'd be going to a lot of trouble just for nothing to happen.

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